Thursday, October 16, 2014

october bloom day 2014

Happy October Bloom Day.  The first leaves are starting to fall, and I still have a few blooms to share.  Yay for wildflowers and pass-along plants!

I just received this begonia, hopefully I can overwinter it.

These little daisies have multiple flowers per stem.

Wild Asters
These low growing asters are all over my front yard.
I cleared out all of the zinnias this week
to make room for some perennials. 
I'm still enjoying the blooms though!
Honorable mentions:
  • The impatiens are still going strong.  Love those guys!! 
  • My mums aren't looking so hot right now.  I'm not sure if it's an adjustment period, neglect, or not enough sun.  They are still blooming, but not well enough to show off.  
 Anyway, it's not a lot this month, but I'll take it! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

just a pretty picture... or three

When I moved into my house, spring was just about the only season I had flowers blooming.  (A rogue lawn crew has been known to mow my front yard without my asking, how rude.)  Fast forward to my 3rd fall in the house, and I finally have wildflowers blooming.  It makes me happy.

Goldenrod and unidentified Wild Aster, possibly Late Blooming Purple
Blue Mistflower from our fall plant swap.

Not a wildflower, but my baby rose, Cramoisi Superieur.
Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

september bloom day - 2014

It really has been a fantastic summer in Chattanooga, TN.  It hasn't been a scorcher, and we've had enough hot days to still call it summer.  It's rained enough that my water bill rose a whole 3 dollars, and my plants are still happy.

So happy in fact that the fall growing season has already started.  All of my roses have new growth, and my infant confederate jasmine ($2 plants from Lowes this spring) are starting to spread out.  It's like the garden gods are encouraging me to stop dreaming about gardening, and actually do some gardening.

I'm getting there.  But before I go into detail about the new things coming to the garden.  Here are some pictures of what is currently blooming in the garden.  If you're new to my blog, garden is a term I use loosely.  My property is almost all shade, and I mow my grass about twice a year.  Some people might call them weeds, but I think I have the cutest little wildflowers in my front yard right now.

It was windy, so imagine yellow versions of these too.

If you need a barometer for how much shade I get.  My morning glories just started blooming this week.

Scarlet O'Hara
The Zinnias are hanging in there, but most of them have fallen over, and are twisting and turning trying to grow straight up again.

I have 2 almost sunny spots, and I planted my first mums in them this year.  I looked for mums in the spring, and since I couldn't find any, I settled for grabbing the first ones I could find this fall.  I was lucky and found colors I liked on the first trip.  I have a deep crimson red, and a beautiful pale yellow.  Hopefully I got them early enough that they will establish roots and survive the winter.

The yellow is my surprise favorite, and I think I'm going to get 2 more.

Happy Belated Bloom Day everyone!  As always, thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

august bloom day - 2014

Happy Bloom Day everybody!  I can't believe it's been a full month since I've posted.  It's been a busy summer.  And by busy, I mean I've been a homebody and done a bunch of stuff around the house.  But it's starting to show.  Last August, I didn't even bother with Bloom Day because I had absolutely nothing blooming in my yard.  (Well maybe my butterfly bush, but that's it.)  It was my mission this spring to have flowers this year, and I took a step in the right direction.  I have a long way to go, but this is a start.

In April, I planted two baby antique roses, and Cramoisi Superieur is blooming. :)  Buff Beauty hasn't bloomed, but it's fighting some blackspot and hanging in there.

The wild Black & Brown-Eyed Susans are proving that native plants are the best plants.

This little weed is one of my favorites.  It grows in a pot with some drawf nandina, and I think the little blue flowers are pretty darn cute.

But the most colorful flowers right now are the zinnias and the impatiens.  I was so happy to find them this year, and I haven't had any problems that weren't a direct result of my neglect!

The zinnias are from a variety of seeds.  There was Green Envy, a Fancy Named Purple, and a mixed pack.  They're spindly looking, but still pretty.

And just because I'm proud, here are some of the tomatoes I've harvested and frozen.  My mom is a surrogate tomato grower, so this gallon is a mix of what we've both grown.  I love tomato season, and have been making capresi salads & pasta sauces like it's my job.  This year I'm trying to extend the season by doing some canning.  This particular group is destined to be pickled and put up.  I've never tried pickled tomatoes, but I have a recipe from the Ball Cookbook, and they haven't let me down yet!

Happy Bloom Day everyone. Be sure to stop by May Dreams Gardens and see what else is blooming around the world :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

july bloom day

Here they are, July blooms!   I don't have a lot going on, but I'm going to play along with Garden Bloggers Bloom Day anyway.

The stars of the garden right now are the Black Eyed Susans.  Most of these are wild, and were here when I moved in.  Since I don't mow my super shady lawn very often, they have gone to seed and have started to spread.  They dot my walkway, and show up wherever they please.  They're hardy little guys, and I plan on adding more in the future.

Another cute little wildflower that is blooming right now is this wild sweet pea. 

The impatiens in my new window boxes are looking great, and this Creeping Jenny from a plant swap is pretty happy too.

My transplanted ditch lilies haven't been very showy this year, but the Australian & Tiger Lilies I got from my grandparents are blooming.  

Some of you may know that I tried my hand at starting plants from seed this year. I started my zinnias late, but they are finally starting to bloom, and the colors are bright and happy.

My asters are cute, but not nearly what I thought they were going to be.  They are supposed to be tall and have 3" blooms, but they're short and the blooms are about 1" wide.  They're cute, but I guess I have a ways to go amending the soil in this area.

So there you have it, a look at what's blooming in my yard.  It's not where I want it to be, but it's growing and not dying, so I'll take it! 
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